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Côte d’Ivoire launches tender for 60 MW of solar

The government of Côte d’Ivoire aims to facilitate the development of 60 MW of solar at two sites via a new tender. The projects will be built under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: New solar glass factory in Jiangsu, Longi maintains wafer prices unchanged

Triumph Group is planning to build a $1.71 billion PV glass factory in Suqian City, Jiangsu Province. Longi has maintained unchanged the prices of its wafers for July.

Masdar secures deal to build 2 GW of solar in Iraq

The UAE-based developer wants to build several projects at unspecified locations in central and southern Iraq.

CO2 pricing may prevent cannibalization effect of wind and solar

According to a new study from a German-Swedish research group, conventional incentives such as renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs or feed-in premium payments may likely lead to a price cannibalisation scenario for wind and solar. CO2 pricing, instead, is considered an efficient tool to maintain their market value high enough to ensure new investments. However, a total system cost approach, rather than an LCOE perspective, is needed to understand the strong dependence of market value on policy choice.

Strong growth predicted for Middle Eastern solar PV

The Middle East, and the Gulf in particular, has been home to record low solar tariffs in recent years. Major projects are being awarded via tenders, with prices gradually closing in on a remarkable 1 USDct/kWh. Of course, this is no coincidence due to the region’s favorable solar conditions: availability of cheap and sunny desert land, low labor costs, cheap project financing, supportive tax regimes, large projects benefitting from economies of scale, well designed tender structures, and decreasing PV component prices.

A crowning achievement for perovskite stability

Scientists in Switzerland demonstrated a new type of nanoscale doping for perovskite solar cells. By both improving stability and reducing the chance of the cells leaking any toxic lead into the environment, the discovery addresses two of the largest remaining challenges to the development of the promising class of cell materials.

Huawei’s president of Smart PV on solar digitization and its new PV storage solutions

Huawei launched its All-Scene FusionSolar + Storage Solution at this year’s SNEC Expo 2021. In the following week, it announced a new business unit, Huawei Digital Power Technology. pv magazine spoke with Chen Guoguang, President of Huawei Smart PV to discover the company’s strategy and vision for the future of solar PV.

New three-phase hybrid inverter series from Sunways

The new hybrid inverter series has an efficiency of up to 98.2% and a European efficiency of up to 97.4%. The device offers multiple connections with a maximum of 10 units in parallel to expand the AC output power.

India could add 13.75 GW of PV module capacity by late 2022

The Indian government’s efforts to restrict PV equipment imports and expand domestic manufacturing are starting to bear fruit.

Lead halide perovskite cell based on benzodithiophene cation achieves 14.7% efficiency

Swiss researchers sought for the first time to replace phenylethylammonium (PEA) with benzodithiophene (BDT) in cations for perovskite cells. The latter showed improved stability and ensured a power conversion efficiency that was 1% higher than that of its counterpart.

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